You’ll also find Nataly and Melissa, members of the Trades of Hope Home Team!
S: I am a Jesus-follower, wife, homeschooling mama to a dynamic little girl, major coffee-drinker, travel-lover and a Compassionate Entrepreneur with Trades of Hope!
EH: What excites you about Trades of Hope?
S: I love that I can be apart of the solution to end global poverty right from home; and I can accomplish that simply by wearing and sharing beautiful pieces, crafted by my amazing artisan business partners. Trades of Hope provides a way for me to earn a living for my family and empower my sisters around the world to do the same! In a world full of darkness, what a gift to know every ounce I put into my business is spreading goodness, hope, light, freedom and life!
EH: We find that exciting, too! How have you seen Trades of Hope better the world?
S: I had the privilege of traveling to Haiti in October 2015 on a Vision Trip with Trades of Hope. I saw firsthand the dignity that our business partnership creates! This dignity is crucial in breaking the mental and emotional devastation of poverty. Every artisan group leader in Haiti adamantly declared our business model (direct sales) is the BEST way to create an exponential amount of jobs and sustainable living wages. I met women, mothers, just like me, in Haiti that want to work and be able to provide for their families. Thankfully, we have this opportunity through Trades of Hope! My first-hand experience was just one of 15 other countries where Trades of Hope is breaking the cycle of poverty through job creation and sustainable business!
EH: That’s amazing! Has Trades of Hope bettered your own life at all?
S: Trades of Hope has revived me, expanded my world in the most amazing ways. I have experienced more positive self-development in the last two years than most of my life! I hold my head higher, speak with a stronger, resolute confidence because in being a voice for our artisans, I have found my own voice. The courage, creativity, perseverance and “against all odds” tenacity of our artisans (and my CE sisters!) has lit my path toward the same. I meet the most amazing women at Trades of Hope parties and found a beautiful church family thanks to a party guest. Trades of Hope touches every part of my life and fuels a continual supply of hope, love, strength, passion and opportunity to serve. Career of a lifetime!
EH: Nataly, can you share a little bit about your role at Trades of Hope?
N: I am an energetic hostess that carries a diverse position in CE Development and the Events Department. I assist our team to coordinate and facilitate the expansion of our CEs and their experience with various incentives and events. I also perform as the Spanish translator when needed for the company!
EH: Yay! We are so blessed to have you as a part of our Home Team! What excites you about Trades of Hope?
N: EVERYTHING! I get excited by hearing life stories change because of Trades of Hope like meeting young women who once sold their bodies to provide rice for their younger siblings, but because of Trades of Hope they are now able to have a sustainable income through a dignified partnership that provides for their needs. I get excited about over selling products and then telling our excited artisans that "they loved it so much; please make more!" To watching our Compassionate Entrepreneur list grow because that means more artisans can be empowered out of poverty. And not mention all the beautiful and ethical jewels we get to enjoy!
EH: How has your life changed since joining Trades of Hope?
N: I'm aware, and I don't shop the same way I used to anymore. I realized that every clothing item, jewelry, accessory, etc. was made by a person. I now take that into consideration before I make a purchase. Trades of Hope is revolutionizing the way products are made by caring deeply for the people who make them. Trades of Hope has helped improve the way I look at the world. For years I had asked God what could I do in my suburban home to help those in extreme poverty? In my heart I felt like going on a week long missions trip, donating, or giving charity wasn't the answer to this question. And God had answered my prayers with Trades of Hope. My life has improved because, like the artisans, I, too, have found purpose and my calling on this blue planet, and that is to help and love others.
EH: Melissa, what do you do at Trades of Hope?
M: I am the Admin Manager. I ensure that products are ordered, shipped and delivered, and our artisans are paid.
EH: What has Trades of Hope brought to your life?
M: Awareness. From the American vantage point, it is often difficult to imagine the hardships that people around the world are facing. Its one thing see it on the news, but its an entirely difficult experience when artisans are proudly proclaiming the impact we are having. Often times, an artisan will reach out just to say 'Thank you for always paying us on time.' Many of them have stories of how they have been mistreated by previous employers, and they are so excited to have a business partnership in which they are valued. As a result, I have learned to appreciate things that are easily taken for granted such as food, water, electricity, computer access, transportation, and employment.